Chapter 8 - The Sevens & The Terror
To those who will ultimately reject Jesus Christ :
The chance was given. The Tribulation begins directly after the rapture occurs, and it will be a terrible time to be alive,..pain & suffering on a scale the world has never seen. Sights that no one has ever witnessed, the wrath of God on full display. It will be the worst time in human history & horrific beyond words.
Initially, you will feel sorry for those who were taken,.. but that will be short-lived, as you come to understand that it is you who was left behind. A lifetime rejection of Jesus Christ was your choice, and His wrath will be as fierce, as passionate, and as overwhelming as His love.
The Seven Year Tribulation
Seals Trumpets Bowls
Seal 1: "…a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer" (Revelation 6:2). The first seal allows the Antichrist to come into the world. As the white horse and crown symbolize, he promotes peace and is someone with power. However, the bow reveals that he is a wolf in sheep's clothing with the intent of deceiving and conquering the world. The image of the white horse is similar to the one used to describe Jesus' second coming in Revelation 19:11. However, Jesus will come wielding a sword with the intent of bringing justice to the world.
Seal 2: "And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword" (Revelation 6:4). The second seal marks the start of intense war on the earth. This war is worse than any war we have experienced so far.
Seal 3: "…a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand" (Revelation 6:5). The third seal depicts a famine on the earth and people working hard for little profit.
Seal 4: "…a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him" (Revelation 6:8). The fourth seal will allow death to kill a fourth of the world's population through war, famine, and wild animals.
Seal 5: "I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne" (Revelation 6:9). The fifth seal shows all the people martyred for God asking when He will avenge them. He dresses them in white robes and promises to avenge them after the final people are martyred in His name.
Seal 6: "There was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale" (Revelation 6:12–13). The sixth seal causes an intense earthquake that moves both mountains and islands. It also affects the sun, moon, and atmosphere. The people hide in caves from the wrath of God.
Seal 7: "When the lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour" (Revelation 8:1). The seventh seal contains the second series of God's judgments, the seven trumpets. These judgments are even worse than the first set as the end of the world draws nearer.
Unfortunately, many people will not repent and instead curse God for His judgment of the world. Therefore, the opening of the seventh seal will commence the second stage of God's wrath, the seven trumpets.
Trumpet 1: "… hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth" (Revelation 8:7). The first trumpet sends hail and fiery blood to the earth, destroying one third of the trees and grasses on earth. This is similar to the seventh plague God brought upon Egypt (Exodus 9:13–35).
Trumpet 2: "… a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood" (Revelation 8:8). The second trumpet sends a fiery mountain into the sea killing a third of sea life and destroying a third of the ships on the water. This is similar to the first plague God brought upon Egypt (Exodus 7:14–25).
Trumpet 3: "… a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water" (Revelation 8:10). The third trumpet sends a star named Wormwood to the earth. It poisons the water and makes it bitter, causing many people to die.
Trumpet 4: "… a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night" (Revelation 8:12). The fourth trumpet takes away a third of all light and makes part of both the day and night completely dark.
Trumpet 5: "They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone" (Revelation 9:5). The fifth trumpet will send a fallen angel with a key to open the Abyss. From the Abyss will come an army of locusts led by a king named Abaddon. They will look like horses with human faces and women's hair, breastplates of iron, lions' teeth, and scorpion tails. For five months they will torment anyone who is not a believer with the seal of God on their foreheads. Some commentators believe this to be a description of a type of machinery such as helicopters or possibly a description of barbaric warriors, whereas others believe it to be a description of literal creatures from the pit of hell.
Trumpet 6: "So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind" (Revelation 9:15). The sixth trumpet releases four fallen angels who had been bound at the Euphrates River in order to lead a great number of troops into battle to kill a third of humanity. They ride horses and wear red, blue, and yellow breastplates symbolizing the plagues they inflict upon humanity: fire, smoke, and sulfur.
Trumpet 7: "There were loud voices in heaven, saying 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15). The seventh trumpet opens the temple of God in heaven and John sees the ark of the covenant. The people in heaven rejoice knowing that Jesus will soon conquer Satan and bring an end to the evil on earth, establishing His everlasting kingdom.
Bowl 1: "…harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image" (Revelation 16:2). The first bowl only affects those who have chosen to follow the Antichrist and not those who have chosen to follow God.
Bowl 2: "…it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea" (Revelation 16:3). The second bowl kills the remaining life in the sea. A third of sea life has already been killed by the second trumpet.
Bowl 3: "…into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood" (Revelation 16:4). The third bowl turns all the sources of fresh water into blood. The angel declares that God is just in His judgment because the evil people of the earth have shed the blood of believers; they will now drink that blood.
Bowl 4: "…on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire" (Revelation 16:8). The fourth bowl causes the sun to burn people with its fierce heat and they curse God, but still do not repent and give God glory.
Bowl 5: "… the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness" (Revelation 16:10). The fifth bowl covers the Antichrist's kingdom in darkness. The darkness is so agonizing that the people gnaw their tongues in pain. However, they continue to curse God and not repent.
Bowl 6: "… the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east" (Revelation 16:12). The sixth bowl dries up the Euphrates river preparing a way for Satan, the Antichrist, and the false prophet to deceive the remaining leaders of the world and prepare for the final battle against Jesus at a place called Armageddon.
Bowl 7: "… into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, 'It is done!'" (Revelation 16:17). The seventh bowl announces the end of the judgments on the world. There will be a great earthquake as the earth has never seen before. Jerusalem will split into three parts and the cities of the nations will fall. Mountains and islands will disappear and giant, hundred-pound hailstones will fall on people. The people curse God, but do not repent.